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Returning

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by Bryan Costales external link

A fishing boat and a sailboat returned from the ocean near day's end. The day had been cloudless, and the bay was calm. The Marin Headlands, beyond the Golden Gate Bridge, were washed out by the sun.

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Jungle Scene

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by Bryan Costales external link

Jungle Scene , 2008 , , Reflections , , On Water , , On Way To Tortuguero , , Costa Rica , , Nikon D300 Camera , , (Date Photographed: 13:00:34 Monday 8 September 2008) , (Date Published: Saturday 17 October 2020) , © 2020 Bryan Costales , , The boat ride into Tortuguero, Costa Rica took us past an embankment right out of a novel. , A classic jungle scene reflected off calm, warm river water. The weather that day was hot and humid. ,

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Wasteland

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by Bryan Costales external link

The Wasteland store sold fashionable clothing. It was located on Haight Street in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. The look of its sign and the arch over the sign appeared mildly spooky in the few days just before Halloween.

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Lit The Tree

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by Bryan Costales external link

A large outdoor canister light pointed upward to illuminate a window. Spill from that light illuminated a tree.

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Posed For Photo

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by Bryan Costales

Joe Towers took a moment to pose for a photograph taken with a Polaroid camera.

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No Parking

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by Bryan Costales external link

A "No Parking" sign was covered in graffiti. The large writing was spray painted. The smaller writing was a mixture of chalk and flow pens. Behind the graffiti the sign read, "No Parking, 2am to 6am, Mon through Fri, Street Cleaning." Behind the sign was a temporary, cyan porta-potty from "United Site Services."

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Avocet non-breeding plumage

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by Terry Costales

This photo was taken late March of this year and many birds were still in just black and white. For courting and breeding the necks and chest acquire a rusty or tan color. They really seem to enjoy their mud-flats.

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Great Egret (Ardea Alba)

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by Terry Costales

These large egrets are graceful and breathtaking in flight. I watched this bird flying back and forth several times bringing nesting material back to it's mate. There was only one pair that I saw amongst dozens of the smaller Snowy Egrets.

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Great Egret (ardea alba)

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by Terry Costales

This shows all the markings you would look for in identifying this bird in the breeding season. The lacy plumes on the back and the green/blue "mask" that extends from the base of the bill to the eye are only present during this time. The Audubon Society came into existence to stop the extermination of great Egrets by plume hunters and has this bird as it's logo. Great Egrets are found world-wide, even in Australia .

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Great Egret

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by Terry Costales

I think I am addicted to taking shots of flying egrets.

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Great Egret flying

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by Terry Costales

To get a shot of a graceful bird flying is always a coup.

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Breeding pair of Avocets

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by Terry Costales

Taken Early May, they are guarding a nest and looking lovely. Maybe next trip out there I can get a shot of some Avocet chicks.

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Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus)

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by Terry Costales

This snowy owl at the Dublin Zoo was very quiet but, if it had spoken, it would have had an unusual voice.

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On Concrete

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by Bryan Costales external link

A partly obscured word was spray painted on a concrete wharf support under a pier in Monterey, California. The presence of that word on that particular piece of concrete caused it to become graffiti.

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Great Egret

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by Terry Costales

I was fascinated to watch this egret hunt . He moved very patiently and slowly, then his head would dart into the shallow water and he would come up with a little fish. It must take a lot of little fish to fill such a large bird.

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Great Egret and Pheasant

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by Terry Costales

I didn't see a pheasant when I looked at this tree, only the Egret. As the boat drew nearer to the tree the pheasant burst out, startling the egret and me. I tried to get a shot of them as they flew past, but I was much too slow. It wasn't until I looked at the photos at home that I had the pleasure to see I had gotten a shot of the pheasant after all.

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Great Egret

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by Terry Costales

The Great Egret has just caught a small fish.

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Male Lion Sleeping

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by Terry Costales

Here is a photo of a lion doing what a lion does best.

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Avocet in breeding plumage (Recurvirostra americana)

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by Terry Costales

This view shows the extent of the buff coloring avocets acquire on neck and chest in the breeding season. They stand about 15 to 20 inches tall and Wikipedia has more info on these birds if you're interested.

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Great Egret

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by Terry Costales

I got this shot just as the egret was landing. Look closely and you can see the feet haven't quite come to rest on the pipe.

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Tortoise

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by Terry Costales

These two large tortoises ambled about and were not as sluggish as one might expect. I dont know which species of tortoise this is because I forgot to photograph the sign.

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White Pelicans

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by Terry Costales

Taking photos from a boat was a new experience. I was able to get much closer to this flock of Pelicans before they took flight. These appear to be Australian Pelicans because of the pink bills. Or do American White Pelicans have pink bills in the winter? Further research needed.

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Red Eyes

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by Bryan Costales external link

A fake spider was attached to a tree, which in turn was wrapped in a fake web. Although it appeared soft, the red eyes gave it a sinister apperance.

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Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus)

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by Terry Costales

Of course England has it's fair share of "flying rats". For some reason this one in Hyde Park seemed more like an actual bird to me than just feathered vermin. I'm sure if I was there long enough they would become just as annoying as pigeons are here at home.

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Zebra (Equus burchelli boehmi)

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by Terry Costales

A beautiful Zebra with gorgeous long lashes. I would love to see Zebras in California fields alongside the horses, sheep and cows. We have Ostriches and Llamas, why not Zebras?

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